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17 years ago, I was lucky enough to have Christine Marsh as my AP English teacher. At a time when I was still figuring out who I was and what I wanted to do, her classroom was a safe place that I looked forward to walking into every day.

In some ways, it’s difficult to describe everything I learned from her because those lessons have actually defined me.
  • I fell in love with language and literature watching her example.
  • I learned how to empathize with those who were different through exposure to unique perspectives.
  • I decided to become an English teacher my senior year while in her class.
  • I found a passion for writing and communicating because she invested in me.
  • I came to value vulnerability in and out of the classroom when I saw how transformative it could be.
  • I taught down the hall from her at my old high school, and there was never a day that I couldn’t come to her for advice.
Thank you Ms. Marsh for being a consistent example of what it means to sacrifice for your students and genuinely care for them. You are the hardest-working person I know, and it has been such a privilege to know you and learn from you.
This photo was taken a couple of years ago when Christine met my son, Caleb for the first time, and after I had stopped teaching. I walked into the faculty lounge, and she had written a note on the board reminding other colleagues I would be stopping by. She is always celebrating life’s milestones with me, and that kind of friendship is a true gift.
Thank you, Christine Marsh!

May 5 – 11 2019 the Pearson K-12 Learning family: employees, authors and even their kids are taking time to say thank you to teachers. Join us as #WeThankTeachers.

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Amy Winters

Amy Winters

Former Curriculum Specialist & Current Pearson Campaign Marketing Manager

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